Walk this way
In a nutshell
One of the great things about the Watari-um is that you’re always in for a surprise. John Lurie is a musician, co-founder of The Lounge Lizards, a jazz ensemble. He is an actor, director and producer. And he is a painter, focusing on this art form since his 2000 diagnosis of Lyme disease. Art lovers can be snobby about these multi-hyphenates, often thinking one person can’t be good at all these different types of art. But his paintings. His paintings, mostly watercolor and some oil, are really beautiful. Quirky, ephemeral, with a sense of humor, and with nods of Klee and Moreau and Basquiat.
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Watari-um) is a slim, four-story building with a cafe, bookstore and gift shop on the first floor and in the basement.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The title cards are in English. Don’t skip over the titles of the paintings - they’re funny.
Photographs are allowed.
These charming paintings feature many plants and animals. They are fun to see and make you feel like picking up a paintbrush.
Anyone who enjoys paintings, contemporary art, and art with a sense of humor would enjoy this exhibition.
How far out?
A short walk from the Gaiemmae Station on the Ginza line or a 10 minute walk from the Omote-sando Station on the Chiyoda line.
How much time?
About half an hour.
How much money?
¥1,000 for general admission.
Until July 7
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
If you’re at all curious, worth a special trip. Definitely worth seeing if you’re in Omotesando and you’d like a culture break.